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Two New Visual Pioneers at the Red Rooster

By Ashley Beck | October 1, 2012

“The Lady and Red Rooster”(left) and “Untitled”

The Red Rooster team is delighted to announce art works from two talented artists, Thornton Dial and Njideka Akunyili, now on display at Red Rooster. Along with our current artists like Rebekah Maysles, painter and photographer, and emerging artist, Brandon Cox, these visual pioneers are two more examples of the Harlem culture conveyed through visual construction. We are honored to add these pieces to our repertoire and would like to tell you a little bit more about each featured artist and their incredible installations.

Thornton Dial’s “The Lady and Red Rooster” is a classic Dial piece and we feel incredibly privileged to be housing this work. Raised in Alabama, Thornton Dial was accustomed to being resourceful, and well known for creating things out of anything he stumbled upon. While he still uses this imaginative method, his intents have become even more inspiring and packed with meaning. At times controversial, Mr. Dial’s style provokes thoughts and feelings of beauty, hardship, intensity, sensuality, ambiguity and clever inventiveness. As the ambiguity of his works often leaves room for the imagination, one’s thoughts can easily oscillate from one extreme feeling to the next.

Mr. Dial’s work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and is in the collections of such institutions as the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Hirshhorn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. To see more examples of Mr. Dial’s works, click here.

The next piece is an Untitled work by Studio Museum featured artist, Njideka Akunyili. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Ms. Akunyili came to the states to realize her talent in visual art. She graduated with a MFA from Yale University, and has been honored with many awards such as the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting from Yale University and the Coverley-Smith Prize from Woodmere Museum. Ms. Akunyili uses mixed mediums in her life-like paintings, many of which feature intimate scenes, the shading and shadows containing more depth and meaning than noticed at first glance.

Now that both of these pieces are installed, we want our friends, family, and neighbors to come and enjoy them. Please stop by Red Rooster for drinks, appetizers, or just to admire, to celebrate and welcome Mr. Dial and Ms. Akunyili’s artworks to the community.

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